Where is Zack Ward now? aka Scut Farkus in “A Christmas Story”


If you’re a horror movie fan, you’ve probably noticed red-haired actor Zack Ward, who has appeared in over 100 movie titles. Did you know that his first role was in a remarkable family film from the early 80s and he was loved by fans from the age of 13? So what is his life story, and is he married?

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Early life and education

Zach Ward was born on August 31, 1970 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Her mother is Canadian actress Pam Hyatt, who is known for providing the voice of Kaede in the English dubbed version of the animated series “InuYasha”, as well as playing Noble Heart Horse in “The Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation” from 1986.

Ward also has an older brother named Carson T. Foster, whose father is John Foster – Ward’s father’s name has never been confirmed to the public, but his mother was married to John Foster from 1957 until his death in 2012.

Even as a child, Ward expressed a fondness for acting, but his mother was against it, as she wanted her sons to have “normal” lives, away from the spotlight. However, after Carson intervened, she changed her mind and allowed Ward to continue playing.

“A Christmas Story”

Ward ended up in a few commercials in the early ’80s, before finally making his breakthrough in 1983 when he was cast in the family film “A Christmas Story.”

He showed up to audition for the child sidekick, Grover, among 300 other kids – in the end the choice was between him and another red-haired boy, but ultimately Ward won the part. However, when he arrived in Cleveland on set, the director told him he would play local bully Scut Farcus instead.

The film was based on a novel by Jean Shepherd, “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash”, and received positive reviews from the toughest film critics. Although Peter Billingsley portrayed the title character, Ralphie, it was Ward’s portrayal of Scut that received the most attention and skyrocketed his career. In fact, this character inspired Scott Tenorman in the animated series “South Park”.

Acting career

By the late 1980s, Ward had appeared in several television series, such as “Anne of Green Gables”, “Anne of Avonlea”, and “Friday the 13th: The Series”. He also played Seth Sandruff in the comedy film “Taking Care of Terrific” released in 1987.

In the early 1990s, he appeared mainly on television, in films such as “Spenser: Ceremony” and “Harvest for the Heart”, as well as in various series including “My Secret Identity”, “Maniac Mansion”, “Forever Knight” and “Neon Riders”. He played Kyle in Brenton Spenser’s horror film “The Club”, as well as a skinhead in the comedy film “The Size of Watermelons”, about a local college loser who tries to win the affection of his crush.

In 1997, he played DC in the action movie “Wild America”, as well as AJ in “Lancelot: Guardian of Time”. The following year he had a minor role in “How to Make the Cruelest Month”. None of these films were recognized in Hollywood.

Not letting that deter him, Ward continued acting, and in 2000 he was cast as Billy in the thriller “Civility”, opposite Liam Waite, Tom Arnold and William Forsythe. That same year, he appeared alongside Kate Hudson and Billy Crudup in Cameron Crowe’s comedy-adventure film “Almost Famous”.

Wade starred as Dave Scouvel in the TV comedy series “Titus,” about the life of a mechanic trying to deal with his father, remaining on the show for three seasons until its end in 2002.

Zack Ward

In 2001 he starred in ‘Completely Totally Useless’, a film about two college roommates, and two years later appeared in three TV movies, ‘Ghost Dog: A Detective Tail’, ‘Monte Walsh’ and ‘Chasing Alice’. “. Ward was in a few films that aired the same year, such as “April’s Shower”, “The Pink House”, and the film “Freddy vs. Jason”, which combined characters from two famous horror films, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. and “Friday the 13th”.

Wade continued his appearances in horror films when in 2004 he played Nicholai Ginovaeff in the film “Resident Evil: Apocalypse”, starring Mila Jovovich. That same year, he made an appearance in “Charmed”, the famous series about the witch sisters, and was also a guest in several popular television series, such as “Significant Others”, “Lost” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation “.

In 2007, he was in the crime thriller “Trade”, and appeared alongside Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel in the first film of the “Transformers” saga, in which he played First Sergeant Donelly. That same year, he made a minor appearance in “Moving McAllister”, a romantic comedy starring Benjamin Gourley and Mila Kunis, and acted in the comedy film “Postal”.

In 2009, Wade portrayed Nickels in the action movie “The Devil’s Tomb”, and was cast as Zone in the TV series “Dollhouse”. In 2011, he played Scott Dunbar in the romantic TV movie “Accidentally in Love”. That same year, he appeared as a guest on several shows, including “Drop Dead Diva”, “The Mentalist”, “Hawaii Five-0”, and “Breakout Kings”.

He starred in David Lisle Johnsson’s drama film “In My Pocket”, alongside Gregory Smith and Shantel VanSanten.

Over the next few years, Wade appeared on several more popular television series, such as “CSI: Miami”, “Save the Supers”, “Chicago Fire”, and “The Exes”. He made his voice acting debut in 2013, when he provided the voice of Alpha in the video game “Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel”. His other voice acting roles include various characters from “Murdered: Soul Suspect”, Konstantin from “Rise of the Tomb Raider”, and Thurston from “Izzie’s Way Home”.

Wade portrayed Nathan in the horror adaptation of “Sleeping Beauty” in 2016, titled “The Curse of Sleeping Beauty.”

That same year, he starred as Harold Stone in Zack Ward’s horror film “Restoration,” and in 2017, he made a guest appearance as Roger in “American Horror Story.”

In 2018, Wade starred as Lieutenant Dante in six episodes of the fifth and final season of “Z Nation.” The following year he appeared in “Second Chance for Christmas” and “Beyond the Law”, and most recently in June 2020, his last film appearance was in the horror film “Piranha Blood Lake”.

Private life

Along with James Cullen Bressack, Wade is a co-founder of Grit Film Works, a film production company whose output includes the horror films “Bethany” and “Restoration.”

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He became the CEO of the Global Sports Financial Exchange in 2017.

Wade’s brother, Carson T, works as a key handle in the movie industry and is known for his work on films such as ‘X-Men’, ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and ‘Repo Men’. He also appeared in a few films and series when he was young, including “Air Waves” and “Destiny to Order”.

Ward married his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer McMahan, on August 18, 2018. The couple lead private lives, so not much is known about their day-to-day endeavors.

In an interview, Ward said he was truly grateful that the first director he worked with, Bob Clark, was a professional who helped him pursue his acting career. “Bob Clark was a deep man with a lot of patience and kindness, so that has a big impact when you treat people with respect.” he said.

Net value

Zack Ward is a top Canadian actor – one of the movies he starred in, ‘Transformers’, grossed over $710 million at the box office. He also earns a lot of money through his private ventures and production company. As of June 2020, his net worth is estimated to be around $5 million.

Physical characteristics

Ward is known for his pale skin, red hair and green eyes. He is 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) tall and weighs approximately 77 kg (170 lb).

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